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Ossineke Beach. Photo by Paul Gerow.

10 Must See Lake Huron Beaches in the Alpena Area

Posted on July 25th, 2019
Picture this: the “Big Lake” breeze dancing through your hair while blue waves lap at the golden sand under your feet. The air is warm and unsalted. Alpena is welcoming you! The coastal beaches of Alpena and surrounding areas are little gems. Gems tucked away in this Northeastern cor…
Leo the Adventure Cat

A Day in the Life of Leo: Alpena’s Adventure Cat

Posted on July 12th, 2019
Cat lovers rejoice, as hitting the trails has never been more exciting! Thanks to sites like adventurecats.org, and Instagram feline stars Bolt and Keel, a new trend is emerging and active young adults are bringing out their feline companions in cat-packs and harnesses to join them in outdoor adve

The Twinkling Lights of Summer

Posted on June 21st, 2019
Lightning bug or firefly? Which term do you use? The distant blink goes almost undetected at first notice. Some may even rub their eyes to make sure they’re seeing straight. Was it a blink? Staring off into the darkness, something in your periphery catches your attention. Another blink? With wond…
Edward James

A Mission to Share a Smile, Born From a Mother’s Love For Her Marine

Posted on May 23rd, 2019
Edward James was an ambitious and outgoing young man. He wrestled and played football in junior and senior high school and was known to set high standards for himself, doing his best to excel in every new venture.  Edward “EJ” James In 2009, Edward went to boot camp to become a Unite…
Travis Kowalsky, photography by Amber Nicole Thiessan

Catching Up with Alpena Native Travis Kowalsky, of The Way Down Wanderers

Posted on March 22nd, 2019
For this edition of “Where Are They Now”, we caught up with Alpena native Travis Kowalsky, banjo player from the folk band The Way Down Wanderers. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? Maybe you have even watched them perform at Folk Fest one year!  The Way Down Wanderers, photography b…
Rosa's wood-fired pizza

A Complete Guide to Unconventional Pizza in Alpena

Posted on March 14th, 2019
It’s Pi Day, and we’ve gathered up a list of unusual, unique, one-of-a-kind, specialty pizza pies. You can find all of these unconventional pizzas at locally owned restaurants right here in Alpena.  Where will you venture off to tonight?
  • Court Yard Ristorante–
Adam Zeeman has a blast sledding after a winter snowfall. Photo courtesy, Paul Gerow.

The Ultimate Packing Guide to Winter Adventure in Alpena

Posted on March 7th, 2019
First we brought you “10 Things to Do During an Alpena Winter“, now we are bringing you the ultimate packing guide for a winter adventure here in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. Basic clothing needs for any outdoor winter adventure: Layers! Layers! Layers!
  • First you need your base lay

Don’t Miss Out! Must-See Film Festivals Happening in Alpena

Posted on January 22nd, 2019
This week brings us the 7th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival to Alpena, with over 50 Oceanic and Great Lakes films created by filmmakers from all over the world! Beginning January 23rd, through January 27th.  Thunder Bay International Film Festival One special film tha…

New to Forest Bathing? Here are 5 Tips to Winter Forest Bathing in Alpena

Posted on January 18th, 2019
It’s January, which means the spell of winter has been cast down upon us in full force. The frozen ground glistens with a blanket of white snow, the sky…well we haven’t seen much of it these past few weeks. Which is why winter forest bathing should be priority uno on your to-do list.

Street Talk: The Story Behind Alpena’s City Streets

Posted on January 11th, 2019
We’ve told you about some of the namesakes surrounding Alpena history in our previous blogs, “Alpena: What’s in a Name?”, and “The Names, the Myths and the Legends of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes“, but have you ever wondered about Alpena’s
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